In-Person Trainings

Our in-person training for elementary school parents and educators are available across New York City. These sessions provide introductory information and strategies for each topic. We provide training in the following ways:

1) School-based Training Series: Individual schools must request a minimum of 3 workshops (We require that at least two are CTLE-eligible professional development workshops for staff). Our team will meet with school administration prior to scheduling in an effort to align training topics to school goals.

2) Organization Training: Community Based Organizations, city agency departments, or other NYC-based organizations can request single training sessions for professional development days, convenings, or conferences.

If you are interested in one or both of these tracks, please fill out a training request form below and we will follow up to provide more information.

Our Trainings

Trainings are tailored for NYC elementary school administration, staff, teachers, nurses, caregivers, and anyone who works with elementary school-aged children. Healthy and Ready to Learn has trained over 1500 school professionals and parents, including teachers, school nurses, school social workers and psychologists, and after school staff. These interactive workshops run from 1-2 hours for groups of 15 to 40 participants.

Interested in bringing an in-person training to your school? We travel across the five boroughs to provide these trainings to parents and educators of elementary schools. Click below to request a training and expect to hear back from us soon to schedule your training!

We offer two training sessions for this topic:

1. Trauma-Sensitivity: What Works for Kids?

This professional development training introduces the effects of trauma on students and school-wide strategies that can be implemented. Building a trauma-sensitive environment helps children feel safe and supported. Providing a warm and positive environment can make make it easier for children to achieve and grow. Our most popular training, it has been delivered to over 800 trainees and has been tailored to connect with the lens of various roles in schools, while ensuring that all learning objectives of the training are met.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss ways that trauma affects the body, brain, and behavior
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use trauma-sensitive strategies
  3. Participate in self-reflection to identify triggers and coping skills

2. Combating the Single Story

This workshop will teach participants how to be conscious of the ways that we talk about students can impact and limit our work and how we relate to students and families. We will explore how to re-frame narratives into a tool for empowerment.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the “single story” and understand the consequences of creating single story narratives
  2. Understand how dismantling single stories lays the foundation for a restorative and trauma sensitive school environment
  3. Practice strategies for reframing single story narratives

This workshop provides a comprehensive toolkit for school staff to utilize in referring families to health services available in the community via methods that increase referral follow-through. This interactive workshop allows participants to explore resource lists available online and through local health departments, begin mapping resources in their community, and practice referring families to local health services.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to identify resources in the community and create a tailored resource guide
  2. Discuss strategies for communicating health information with parents and referring parents to health services that yield action
  3. Demonstrate how to refer a family to community-based health resources

We offer two training sessions for this topic:

1. Using Data to Address Attendance in NYC Schools

Educators play a critical role in creating a culture of positive attendance at school. Too many absences can make learning hard and cause students to fall behind. Chronic absence - missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month - can lead to lower grades and test scores. It is also related to lower reading and math skills, and high school graduation rates.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the impact of absenteeism on school-wide attendance trends
  2. Identify underlying factors that could impact a student’s attendance
  3. Outline a tiered attendance plan for your school

2. Attendance: Dive Into Your Data

In this follow-up workshop staff will use their own ATS data to: explore chronic absence rates for their school, map the number of students in each attendance tier by grade, and draft tiered attendance strategies.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of absenteeism on school wide attendance trends
  2. Analyze attendance reports to develop strategies that address chronic absenteeism
  3. Outline a tiered attendance plan for your classroom and school a tiered attendance plan for your school

In this workshop participants will practice using strengths-based language to help facilitate difficult conversations, such as health referrals, the impact of attendance on academic progress, or stress at home.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the trauma-sensitive strategy of using Strengths-based language for conversations with students, families, and school staff
  2. Discuss the importance of self-care and self-reflection for having difficult conversations
  3. Practice using this strategy for communicating with families and school staff to help connect mentees to needed resources and services